Behavioral Health Providers

Care Providers at Howard Brown

To schedule an appointment with any of our providers, please call 773.388.1600


 

Kelly Ducheny, Psy.D.

Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services

Psychologist

(she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)

Education and training

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Healthy Communities and School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University

Professional history

  • 281-CARE, Suicide Hotline Staff Member
  • Psychological Services Center, University of Cincinnati, Psychology Intern
  • Center for Health Communities, Wright State University, Postdoctoral Resident Faculty Member
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Associate Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor
  • Center for Health Development and Private Practice, Psychologist
  • Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture, Heartland Alliance, Volunteer Psychologist
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Department Chair, Clinical Psychology and Associate Professor
  • Roosevelt University, Adler School of Professional Psychology and National Lewis University, Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Psychology Accreditation Consultant

Specialties and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Queer Health
  • Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health, Center for Integrated Primary Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA

Interests

  • Transgender, Gender Non-conforming and Gender Queer Health
  • Integrated Health Care
  • Trauma, Depression, Anxiety
  • HIV and LGBT Health Care
  • Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health
  • Qualitative Research

 

Stacy Agosto, LCSW

Program Manager, Substance Use Services

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Advanced Mental Health Intern, Center on Halsted

Professional history

  • Mayoral Fellow, City of Chicago, Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Research Assistant, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Marketing Manager, Rand McNally
  • Marketing Coordinator, Schopf & Weiss LLP

Specialties and certifications

  • Substance use and compulsive sex in the LGBTQ community
  • Dual diagnosis issues: Substance use and mental health
  • State of Illinois 40 hour Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • Substance use and its function
  • Trauma
  • Building relationships and intimacy

Nick Branock, LCSW

Program Manager, Mental Health Services

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Indiana University

Professional History

  • HIV Prevention Coordinator at Test Positive Aware Network
  • Intern at Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services Center
  • Contract Psychotherapist, Center on Halsted
  • Senior Clinical Program Manager for Crisis Intervention Services at North Shore University Health System

Interests

  • HIV-related issues
  • Grief/Loss & Trauma
  • Depression, Anxiety & OCD
  • Crisis intervention Mindfulness, CBT/ ERP, and client-centered approaches

 


Katie Jensen, LCSW

Program Manager, Behavioral Health Consulting

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

Professional history

  • Behavioral Health Consultant at Howard Brown Health
  • Crisis Team Intern at Austin Police Department Victim Services
  • Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
  • Intern at Akins High School Student Support Services
  • Research Assistant at The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

Specialty areas and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Sex positivity
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Working with survivors of sexual assault
  • Mental and behavioral health support

Melissa B. Bailey, Psy.D.

Coordinator of Clinical Training and Clinical Psychologist

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Professional History

  • Training Director & Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Juniper Center
  • Manager of Mental Health, Center on Halsted
  • Adjunct Faculty, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Adjunct Faculty, Adler University

Interests

  • Training and Supervision
  • Identity Development
  • Parenting and Family Creation in Queer Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Relationships

Erika Bielenstein, MA/NCC

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

• Master of Arts from Roosevelt University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• Bachelor of Arts from Northern Arizona University in Psychology and Sociology

Professional history

• Case Manager, Heartland Alliance Youth and Residential Services
• Graduate Clinical Intern, Live Oak Chicago
• Career and Academic Advisor, Northern Arizona University CCC2NAU (Community College to University) bridge program

Specialty areas and certifications

• Working with undocumented immigrant and refugee populations
• Engaging in affirmative practice with the LGBTQ community
• Working with youth ages 0 to young adulthood
• Trauma-Informed Care

Interests

• Spanish
• American Sign Language
• Identity formation and exploration of intersectionality of identity
• Advocacy for immigrant and refugee populations and TGNC populations
• Relational and feminist theoretical approaches
• Creative and expressive modalities
• Incorporating mindfulness-based approaches


Liza Brockway, LSCW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago- Emphasis in Clinical Social Work

Professional History

  • Bilingual Therapist, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Bilingual Social Work Intern, Chicago Public Schools
  • Bilingual Clinical Social Work Intern, Infant Welfare Society
  • Volunteer Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, Loyola University
  • Therapeutic Teacher, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
  • Volunteer Residential Counselor, Niños de Papel-Colombia

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Trauma Integration
  • Body-centered and experiential therapies
  • 120 Hour training in Internal Family Systems (experiential mindfulness- and somatically-oriented therapy)
  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Fellowship in Psychoanalysis
  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • Rape Victim Advocate 56-Hour Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor Training

Interests

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Experiential and expressive modalities of psychotherapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Provision of clinical consultation to therapists regarding mind-body experiential therapies, trauma integration, and deepen use of countertransference
  • Human rights advocacy
  • LGBTQ-affirming care
  • Gender Identity
  • Neurobiology of trauma recovery
  • Integration of historical and intergenerational trauma
  • Culturally attuned practice
  • Attachment theory

Hugh Cole, LCSW, CADC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago- mental health concentration
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Harold Washington College

Professional History

  • Psychotherapist/ Substance Abuse Counselor, Recovering with Pride, Howard Brown Health
  • Social Work Trainee, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, Jesse Brown Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
  • Behavioral Health Social Work Intern/Consult LiaisonHealth Trainee Crisis Team, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship in association with Howard Brown Health Center
  • Volunteer Counselor/Mentor, Refugee One
  • Counselor/Case Manager, Heartland Alliance First Step Program
  • HIV education and intervention Volunteer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis/NYC

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ older adults

Interests

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Group, Relational and Individual Therapy
  • Working with the voice hearing community
  • Gerontology
  • Gender Identity
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Inspiring motivation to change compulsive behaviors with HIV impacted clients

 


 

Sara Hays, LCSW, CADC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Masters of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Mental health concentration
  • Advanced Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program, Loyola University Chicago

Professional History

  • Intern, Out of School Time, Association House of Chicago
  • Graduate Intern, Live Oak
  • Clinical Social Work Intern, Adult MAT program, PEER Services

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Illinois
  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • Substance use and sexual health
  • Substance use disorders
  • Harm reduction
  • LGBTQ affirmative treatment
  • Relationship counseling
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and loss

 


Britt Hodgdon, LCSW

Behavioral Health Consultant II

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado at Denver, Conflict and Migration Studies of Latin America

Professional History

  • Therapist, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Contract Consultant, Live Oak
  • Therapist, UCAN Teen Parenting Service Network
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Teen Living Programs
  • Neighborhood Center Coordinator, Catholic Charities

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy Certification
  • State of Illinois 40 hour Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • Trauma-Informed Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Interests

  • Youth work
  • Trauma and community violence
  • Harm Reduction
  • Intergenerational trauma and resilience
  • Mindfulness and body-centered trauma healing
  • Attachment Theory
  • Expressive arts as healing tools

Kimberly Lux, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master’s degree, School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago

Professional history

  • School Social Worker, Merrillville Intermediate School
  • Group Co-Facilitator, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
  • Study Circle Co-Facilitator, Race Relations Council of Northwest Indiana
  • Clinical Social Work Intern, Northwestern University Women’s Center

Specialty areas and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • State of Illnois Partner Abuse Intervention Training
  • State of Illinois Sexual Assault Training for Service Providers
  • Healthcare for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Gender Expansive Individuals

Interests

  • Affirming Care for Transgender, Gender Non-conforming, and Gender Expansive children and youth, as well as their families
  • LGBTQ Affirming Care
  • Trauma informed care across the life span
  • Relational, Client-Centered, and Feminist Therapies

Megan Marker, LCSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

Masters Degree, University of Illinois at Chicago; Jane Addams College of Social Work

Professional History
• Behavioral Health Care Manager at IlliniCare Health
• Crisis Worker with NorthShore University Health System
• Adolescent Counselor at PEER Services Glenview
• Therapist & Program Coordinator with SGA Youth and Family Services
• Case Manager at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Women and Children’s Shelter

Specialty areas and certifications
Certified Domestic Violence Professional, training at Between Friends

Interests
• Trauma Informed Care
• Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence
• Chemical Dependency, specifically harm reduction


Lindsey Martin, LSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training
• Master’s degree in Social Work, Ohio State University

Professional History
• Behavioral Health Intern, AIDS Resource Center of Ohio
• Youth Counselor, Ohio State University School of Social Work
• Research Assistant, Ohio State University School of Social Work
• Ryan White Part C Case Manager, Howard Brown Health
• Mental Health Support Group Facilitator, Bonaventure House

Interests
• HIV-related issues
• Substance use
• Depression & anxiety


Joey Metler, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Master of Social Work, Jane Addams School of Social Work at UIC, mental health concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Northeastern IL University

Professional History

  • Therapist and ACT Clinical Team Leader, Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare
  • Therapy Intern, Howard Brown Health
  • HIV Prevention Coordinator, Test Positive Aware Network
  • Therapy Intern, Chicago House
  • Sexual Health Educator and Suburban Outreach Coordinator, Howard Brown Health
  • Internet Health Educator and Interventions Intern, Howard Brown Health

Specialty Areas / Certifications

  • Certified HIV Tester and Counselor, IDPH
  • HIV Education and Prevention Instructor, American Red Cross
  • Couples HIV Testing and Counseling, Emory University
  • Anti-retroviral Treatment and Access to Services Facilitator, CDC

Interests

  • HIV-related issues
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Substance use
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Crisis intervention
  • Mindfulness, CBT, DBT

Kristin Reitz, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master’s degree, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

Professional history

  • Therapist, In-Home Counseling for Seniors
  • Medical social worker and Therapist, Near North Health service Corporation
  • Patient Navigator, Project Hope, Stroger Hospital & The Core Center
  • Visiting Coordinator of Clinical and Research Programs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • LGBTQ affirming care
  • Substance use disorders
  • Harm Reduction
  • HIV-related health and wellness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness Meditation

 


Sonila Sedjaras, PsyD, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, Adler University
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Gateway Foundation, Residential Substance Abuse Facility
  • Therapy Practicum, Adler Community Mental Health, Adler University
  • Diagnostic Practicum, Haymarket Center, Residential Substance Abuse Facility
  • Master in Clinical Social Work, Wayne State University
  • Intern Social Worker, Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Intern Social Worker, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, Circle of Life Hospital

Professional history

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Northeast Guidance Center, Community Mental Health Center
  • Teaching Assistant, Adler University
  • Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice

Specialties and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • State of Illinois Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
  • Biofeedback Training

Interests

  • LGBTQ affirming care
  • Complex Trauma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief/Loss & Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Biofeedback

 

Andrea Stein, LCSW

Coordinator, Violence Recovery Project

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin

Professional history

  • Staff Psychotherapist, Recovering with Pride at Howard Brown
  • Crisis Intervention Social Worker, Northshore University Hospital
  • Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist at Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Program Specialist, Adolescent Trauma Treatment Unit at the Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Referral & Community Program Coordinator at The Rainbow Project in Madison, Wisconsin

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • LGBTQ affirming care
  • Supporting survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Exploring the connection between trauma and addiction
  • Utilizing Mindfulness meditation
  • Coping with Anxiety

 


Hayley Beth Van Serke, Psy. D.

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

● Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology;
Clinical Psychology
● Post-doctoral Fellowship, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
● Doctoral Extern at the HIV Care Program at Mercy Hospital
● Doctoral Extern at Haymarket Center

Professional History

● Adler University, adjunct faculty
● The Integrated Behavioral Health Consortium of Indiana, Pre-Doctoral
● Northshore Hospital System, crisis worker, Intern
● The University of Chicago, Medical Social Worker, Intern
● AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, psychotherapist, Intern

Specialty areas and certifications
● Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trained
● Specialty areas: Substance Misuse, Harm Reduction, Lifestyle changes,
chronic diseases management, family systems, mindfulness, weight loss management

Interests
● HIV and Hepatitis C co-infection
● Pain management and coping
● Integrated Health Care
● Trauma, Depression, Anxiety
● LGBT Health Care
● Crisis intervention, Mindfulness, CBT, and client-centered approaches


Kira Weidner, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Clinical PsyD, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Postdoctoral fellowship with youth in juvenile detention, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

 

Professional history

  • Predoctoral Internship: Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Gender and sexual orientation identity development
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma and depression
  • Persistent mental illness

Interests

  • Young people with diverse and multifaceted gender and sexual orientation identities
  • Restorative justice
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide and self-injury
  • Sexuality
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness

 

Trover Gray Wilson, LCSW, CADC, MISA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Bachelor of Arts, Roanoke College in Psychology/Sociology
  • Master of Social Work, Aurora University with Clinical Focus

Professional history

  • Crisis Provider, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Child & Adolescent Social Worker, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital
  • Intake & Linkage Manager, The Association for Individual Development
  • Behavioral Health, Addictions, & Crisis Provider, The Association for Individual Development
  • Addictions Counseling Intern, Breaking Free
  • Volunteer Tutor, The West End Center for Youth

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Certification in alcohol and other drug addictions counseling (CADC)
  • Certification in mental illness/substance abuse counseling (MISA)

Interests

  • Practice with LGBTQ communities
  • Practice with HIV-impacted communities
  • Advocacy for diverse and vulnerable populations
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Relational/Interpersonal Theories
  • Object Relations Theory

 

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